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Old 08-14-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
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renewing old refrigerators

So last night I was flipping through this industry rag that somehow gets sent to us (they must think we sell RVs), and I ran across an ad for an outfit that rebuilds and refurbishes cooling units for RV refrigerators. Here's the link:

http://www.rvrefrigerator.net/

Anybody know about this outfit? Will it be helpful for us?


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Old 08-14-2006, 09:54 AM   #2
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been there done that http://www.airforums.com/forum...air-23857.html?

replacing a cooling unit is not that hard, and can save an otherwise operational unit for about one third to one half of the cost of a new unit.

the important thing for me was being able to save the oak door panels and not having to modify the opening for a different sized replacement unit.

my opinion is that if a person has a newer than 20 year old unit and is moderately handy with tools and can follow instruction it is not a bad deal.

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Old 11-11-2006, 05:07 PM   #3
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Wellll, since ours decided to die on our most recent trip, I've contacted both rvicebox.com and rvrefrigerator.net to see if either of them will rebuild/replace the cooling unit on the MA52 on our 67; we'll see if they even respond. I sure hope so; I don't want a new looking fridge in our rig!

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Old 11-11-2006, 07:22 PM   #4
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Have you looked at john hd's thread? I'm already relying on his advice when I need it in 10-12 years ....
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Old 11-11-2006, 10:06 PM   #5
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Yep, I've looked at John's thread. Alas, the 1967 fridge (manufactured in 66) doesn't much resemble the one that John rebuilt!

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You probley will not find any rebuilders that will rebuild vintage units, many don't have the patterns to bend the new tubing anymore, which means it has to be done from scratch. However, I mainly do vintage rebuilds over the winter months.
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Talk about timing - got my Fall/Winter edition of Airstream Life magazine yesterday and there's in article in there about rebuilding RV fridges - even photos showing how to remove the cooling unit.
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You probley will not find any rebuilders that will rebuild vintage units, many don't have the patterns to bend the new tubing anymore, which means it has to be done from scratch. However, I mainly do vintage rebuilds over the winter months.
Ah! You're the person who did the rebuilt unit for John? Now we're talking!

I guess I should talk to you offline about doing ours, if you're able!


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Not sure exactly who your talking about, could be one of many. You can PM me if you want for contact info
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that would be me, i had nucold rebuild mine.

they are now rvicebox.

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They are one of my vendors, I usually purchase new evaporators from them. The last order I put in I spoke to jerry, he told me if it is not a late model, he don't have evaporators for much of the older units, plus he is not interested in messing with old cooling units. So when I get a vintage one somebody wants rebuilt, I have to bend the tubing custom to each refrigerator. Time consuming, thats why I only do vintage in the winter months.
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i cannot say anything but good about jerry.

prompt delivery, correct part, works perfect!

return of the core was easy due to prepaid ups, one phone call and it was picked up the next day.

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Renewing Old Refrigerators

I noticed on the "Vintage Trailer Supply" that they have refridgerators. I was surprised at how reasonable they were. Check their website.

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Hello all I'm new to the forum. The Dometic Refrigerator in my '79 Excella has completely quit. I followed the instructions in the owners manuel on how to get it out of it's hole in the wall and I can get it to move. Neither can my "handy male friends." Any suggestions on how to remove it? I am in Florida. Anyone know where I could get it repaired here? I checked into replacing it and I'm looking at $3000. Does dometic make a refrigerator that is not both gas and electric? Perhaps it would be less expensive? Any help would be most appreciated.
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